A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
A little mouse called Delia lives in a hole in the bottom of a tree.....How many days will it be before Delia has to take the same route again?
Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
My dice has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the information to find out how long each road is on the route she took.
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
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Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.